Memorise faster: the science of learning

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There’s a new science to learning.

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Start with this article on the best way to memorise, or go deeper by browsing my recommended memory books and resources, best blog articles and podcast episodes below.

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What is chunking and how to use it to boost memory

What is chunking and how to use it to boost memory

For most of us, our memories have their limits! Chunking helps you overcome the natural limitations of your memory, and is therefore a very powerful trick for helping you to learn information and get it into memory. Read on to discover what chunking is, and to explore...

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How To Study ULTRA-Effectively For Exams: 37 Proven Strategies For 2021

How To Study ULTRA-Effectively For Exams: 37 Proven Strategies For 2021

It’s official: scientists have figured out the secrets for how to study effectively for exams. Or at least, a darn sight more effectively than you’d be doing without using these strategies. Put them to work for you, and you can look forward to: Studying smarter, not...

What is retrieval practice in psychology: definition and strategies

What is retrieval practice in psychology: definition and strategies

Retrieval practice is, in my view, the single most powerful tool to build lasting knowledge in teaching and learning (I rate spaced learning as a close second). A curious peculiarity of our memory is that things are impressed better by active than by passive...

51 PROVEN Study Tips For Students (That Work Like A Charm In 2021)

51 PROVEN Study Tips For Students (That Work Like A Charm In 2021)

These are the BEST exam study tips to help students build effective study skills. They’re simple, fast, and actionable, and based on the latest science. I'm a memory psychologist and study productivity expert, and have taught thousands of students how to study more...

7 Magical Holiday Study Tips For 2020

7 Magical Holiday Study Tips For 2020

Got study plans this Christmas? You’re not alone. Whether you’re writing coursework, reading for a dissertation, or revising for exams, you and millions of other students around the world are preparing to get a bit of work done this holiday season. Getting the balance...

Retrieval Practice: The Ultimate Guide [PODCAST]

I'm breaking down exactly how to unleash the immense power of this must-know memory strategyThe most important thing I can teach you is to use retrieval practice a lot and to use it well. So that's what I'm doing today: sit back, we're going deeper than ever before...

Visual Learning & Dual Coding – With Oliver Caviglioli [PODCAST]

How visualising information can help you learn: the real science of "visual learning" and how to use it to supercharge learning There’s no such thing as a “visual learner”. The idea that some of us are “visual learners” and learn best through imagery is a myth, and...

Interleaving & Desirable Difficulty – with Dr Veronica Yan [PODCAST]

Learn how this one neat trick can help you study math(s) smarter. + the science of actually APPLYING effective ways of studying. What is interleaving? Why is it so powerful for helping you learn faster and remember more? How can you use it? Listen in today, and all...

How To Focus – With James Lang [PODCAST]

The science of concentration: why focus is hard and what you can do about it. Wish you could concentrate harder or for longer?James Lang’s book Distracted took the world of education by storm: he’s here to share his top tips on overcoming distraction and maximising...

What’s On My Bookshelf: Top 5 Juiciest Gems (Podcast)

What’s On My Bookshelf: Top 5 Juiciest Gems (Podcast)

There's some incredible wisdom to be found on my bookshelf. Listen to some of the BEST tips and tricks to be found in five of my most-loved books about studying and learning.There's some incredible wisdom to be found on my bookshelf. Today, I pick out some of the BEST...

Mnemonics, memory magic, and the art of getting things done

Mnemonics, memory magic, and the art of getting things done

Episode 11 of the Exam Study Expert podcast: "Mnemonics, memory magic, and the art of getting things done with Dr Adam Putnam". Listen now The Exam Study Expert podcast is available on all good podcast platforms, including: If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, we're...

Useful tools

  • Popular flashcards apps for learning: Anki, Brainscape, Quizlet.
  • Buy physical paper flashcards: I was weirdly excited to see Amazon still stocks the exact flashcard make that I used to buy as a student! I was a bit picky – you want a good quality of paper, the right size, and a spine that’s not so bulky that it’s uncomfortable to write on the back of a card when it’s flipped over (if you’re right handed, your hand is resting right over the spine at that point). Available in packs of five. Only available in the UK unfortunately – elsewhere, try these.

Recommended books

  • Make It Stick: go deeper on the science of learning – this is a very readable book, almost like a novel. Really excellent.
  • Understanding How We Learn: a superb visual primer on the science of learning – my copy is never far from my desk and is well-thumbed!

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